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Interactive Computing E-Infrastructure for the Human Brain Project

Five leading European supercomputing centres are committed to develop, within their respective national programs and service portfolios, a set of services that will be federated across a consortium. The work will be undertaken by five European supercomputing centres in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.

The ICEI project will realise key elements of the Fenix infrastructure, which aims at providing scalable compute and data services in a federated manner. The focus is to meet the computing infrastructure needs of the neuroscience community. In HBP SGA3, services of the Fenix infrastructure are integrated together with novel neuromorphic computing services into the joint infrastructure layer of EBRAINS, a new research infrastructure for neuroscience and related technologies created by HBP.

The participating sites will offer cloud-like services that are compatible with the work cultures of scientific computing and data science. Specifically, this entails developing interactive supercomputing capabilities on the available extreme computing and data systems. Key features of the Fenix infrastructure enabled by ICEI are:

  • Scalable compute resources;
  • A federated data infrastructure; and
  • Interactive Compute Services providing access to the federated data infrastructure as well as elastic access to the scalable compute resources.


École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Administrative Project Coordination

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany
Technical Project Coordination
The contact person is Dirk Pleiter (

ICEI is funded by the European Union under Grant Agreement 800858.

The grant period is January 2018 until March 2023.

More detailed information about the project is available at the project's homepage.